New York Mets had a chance to get ahead of the Nationals in the wild card standings. In recent games, Mets have experienced turn of events which gave them more morale. Sunday game was not different, Mets rallied against Nationals but trailed 7-4 at the end.
If Mets had secured a victory over the Washington Nationals, they could have made it to the first wild card spot.
Mets players wanted to win Sunday’s game. Led by Jacob deGrom, the reigning Cy Young Award winner, they were optimistic of showing their prowess in the World Series.
The only problem deGrom had was that he couldn’t grab a throw by Pete Alonso while protecting the first base. Alonso also made a throwing error which gave Washington Nationals a 3-0 lead.
Mets could have erased the lead in the bottom of the second when J.D. Davis and Wilson Ramos both hit singles. The hits set Joe Panik into motion to narrow National’s lead by one run.
Still, deGrom stunned the Nationals by his impressive single bunt which loaded the base for Jeff McNeil. McNeil had two RBI double on the first pitch which increased his batting to .417 while putting the ball in the first pitch.
Luiz Avilan made two strikes, allowed two singles in the sixth inning. Robert Gsellman allowed two hits in three batters he faced in the seventh inning. McNeil error moved Adam Eaton to the third base. Gsellman finally exited with one out and helped Justin Wilson load the plate past Juan Soto. Mets Asdrubal Cabrera later dropped in a two-run double to raise National lead to 5-3.
In the end, two essential arms in the Mets both needed the good outing, Jeurys Familia succeeded in striking out in the eighth, but Edwin Diaz failed. Daiz struck out a pair in the ninth, walked one and allowed two home runs to Victor Robles ending the game 7-4.